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Eugene Laverty will end the 2013 World Superbike Championship season with the runners-up spot and a Tom Sykes-equalling nine wins to his name after securing a double success at Jerez.
Following his dramatic last corner victory in race one, Laverty enjoyed a more measured run to victory in the final race of 2013, tailing newly-crowned champion Tom Sykes for 14 laps before grabbing the advantage over the last seven revolutions.
Indeed, Sykes – still on a high from wrapping up the 2013 World Superbike title with his third place finish in race one -, attempted to make a fight for it early on in an effort to end his crowning season in the best possible fashion, grabbing the lead on lap one.
With both Sykes and Laverty proceeding to pull away from the chasing pack – missing Marco Melandri after the race one podium winner decided not to race on his injured ankle -, the pair would circulate in tandem for much of the race.
However, with Laverty seemingly the more comfortable of the two as Sykes battled to maintain the pace, the Irishman's move for the lead into the final corner on lap 14 came as little surprise.
From here, Laverty would simply multiply his advantage over Sykes to cross the finish line almost three seconds ahead of his season-long rival.
A convincing double win for Laverty that brings him up to nine wins in 2013 – the same as Sykes -, the Irishman will end the year with the runners-up spot in the standings, ahead of Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.
Though not quite the perfect end to what has been an otherwise incredible year, Sykes was still a delighted second, while Guintoli would finish third to reflect the same position in the overall standings.